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Let me first give an entry to my snow guest in the blog before we go for the recipe. Presidents day was totally fun for me and my kid. We had wonderful play in the snow.

Snow : Hi friends, Glad to meet you!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok coming to the recipe this is pulusu adai which is basically spicy, mild sweet and tangy(tamarind). You can call this as tamarind adai or dosa too. Traditionally we do 4 items with same combination of ingredients adai, dosa, upma and vadai. Everything tastes so yummy and I am sure it tickles your tongue because of spicy, sweet and tangy taste. Today I will post both adai and dosa. Soon will post the vadai and upma recipes. Read my note if your interested in the variation.

Ingredients :

Idli rice - 1 cup
Raw rice - 1 handful
Urad dhal - 1 tbsp
Tamarind pulp - 1 tbsp( adjust according to your tanginess)
Jaggery - 1/2 tbsp( again adjust to your sweetness)
Bengal gram dhal - 1/2 handful soaked in water
Coconut - 1/2 cup
Cummin seeds - 2 tsp
Curry leaves few
Red chillies - 7
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Onion - 1 very finely chopped
Coriander leaves - 1/4 bunch finely chopped
Mustard - 1 tsp for seasoning
Oil and Salt

Method :

1.Soak the rice for few hours in warm water. This is very important the water should be warm not so hot or cold. If you touch you should feel the hot.
2.Grind it with cummin, asafoetida, red chillies, coconut, tamarind and Jaggery to fine batter.
3.Let the batter be thick itself. Let the batter rest for couple of hours.
4.Now to this batter add all other ingredients chopped onion, bengal gram dhal, coriander and add the mustard seasoning. Check for salt and if you want to loosen the batter use hot water.
5. Now heat the skillet and pour ladle full of batter to make small circles to make adais and close with the lid.
6. Now open and add tsp of oil, when one side is done flip over to the other side. Need not close with lid again. Its enough to close the lid in one side.
7. This take some time to cook and roast so please be patient and keep the gas in the medium flame.
8. Now serve hot with butter. As this has all the taste in it you need not have side dish.. but if you wish you can have podi which I made for tomato dosa. Please click here to find the podi recipe. For kids you can serve with honey.

For dosa :

You can use the same batter but make it thin by adding hot water. The consistency should be like rawa dosa and make it exactly how we make rawa dosa. Like pouring the ladle full of batter starting from the edge of the skillet.. but close the lid while it is cooking in one side and then flip it over to cook other side now you need not close with the lid cook until it is crispy.

Vadai :

For making vadais, make this batter very thick. No need of onion and bengal gram dhal. Just make small balls and apply some oil in the plantain leaf. Flatten the ball like how we do bobattu or poli and deep fry in the hot oil. If you cannot make the batter very thick just pour the batter in the clean kitchen muslin cloth and let it be for some time so that water will be absorbed. Then you can take small balls and execute same procedure. Just be careful while taking from the leaf its bit tricky as it is not very stiff as poli. Anyway I will try to post this soon.


1. For variation , you can add the white part of the water melon 1 cup while grinding the batter. You cannot make vadais by making water melon rind.
2. Even you can add the yellow pumpkin 1/2 cup while grinding the batter. Just omit the coconut and grind only the pumpkin while making vadais.
3. Adjust the tamarind, jaggery and chilli according to your taste.
4. It is good to grind the batter at least one hour before you make it.
5. If the tamarind pulp is watery add it while grinding instead of water.

Sushma Mallya  – (February 17, 2010 at 10:36 AM)  

Such a beautiful adai,simple but ur presentation is just awesome...simply great as usual pavithra....just by looking at it i feel like having it,its so tempting any of your dish for that matter...very nice ....and i dont know y ur not getting the updates,so do check tommorrow,will be posting a new recipe...i usually post on mon and thur, pls do come again...take care

Shanthi Krishnakumar  – (February 17, 2010 at 11:07 AM)  

Three - in- one valentine adai. Loved the presentation.

Cool Lassi(e)  – (February 17, 2010 at 11:09 AM)  

Cute snowman! Northeast saw its own share of snow past week and I was too lazy to drag my backside to build one. Great looking adai.

Hayley  – (February 17, 2010 at 11:23 AM)  

Beautiful presantation and lovely adai..looks so yummy and tasty..;00))

Hamaree Rasoi  – (February 17, 2010 at 11:28 AM)  


Such a good looking adai coupled with the cute snowman. Lovely preperation.


Unknown  – (February 17, 2010 at 11:38 AM)  

beautiful presentation and yummy adai....

Anu Nandu  – (February 17, 2010 at 11:57 AM)  

We have no snow here :(( and you know that!!

Love your snowman! Love your dosai!!

I get so exhausted trying to think what to make for dinner - you solved my headache for one night this week!

Menaga Sathia  – (February 17, 2010 at 12:08 PM)  

ரெசிபியும் ப்ரெசண்டேஷனும் கலக்கல்....

Saraswathy Balakrishnan  – (February 17, 2010 at 12:47 PM)  

A delicious looking adai and a very cute snowman pavi..

Vrinda  – (February 17, 2010 at 12:52 PM)  

Cute snow man,v also made one..Nice dosa recipe again,and new method to me...

AnuSriram  – (February 17, 2010 at 1:04 PM)  

Nice presentation and a wonderful recipe!

Anonymous –   – (February 17, 2010 at 1:58 PM)  

tamarind dosa is very new to me.will try it soon.great presentation.

Priya Suresh  – (February 17, 2010 at 2:01 PM)  

Cute snow man, loved the way u have shaped ur adai, looks fantastic, if u r interested do send the heart shaped adai to my on going event Pavi..

Panchpakwan  – (February 17, 2010 at 2:09 PM)  

Wow loved the dosa dear..nice presentation...& cute snow man....

Anupama  – (February 17, 2010 at 2:20 PM)  

I have no doubt that it will tickle my taste buds. Very well presented Pavi!

Sanjana  – (February 17, 2010 at 3:14 PM)  

The snowman is so cute! And the dosa look fantastic, although it all looks wonderful!

Namitha  – (February 17, 2010 at 4:24 PM)  

What a cute snowman...:-) adai looks beautiful

Cham  – (February 17, 2010 at 4:38 PM)  

Such a cute snowman and beautifu adai!

Sowjanya@Ruchikacooks  – (February 17, 2010 at 4:48 PM)  

Unique recipe, dosa with tamarind. Will try this one for sure, the shape looks cute :)

Love2cook Malaysia  – (February 17, 2010 at 5:37 PM)  

Hi Snowman! Hi Pavithra!

Wow, ur thosai makes me drool nonstop here! OMG, can I have some pls???

Gita Jaishankar  – (February 17, 2010 at 6:53 PM)  

Everything looks so cute and delicious Pavithra...pretty snowman too :)

Guntur Traditions  – (February 17, 2010 at 8:06 PM)  

this recipe is soo new to me
nice pics

Fathima  – (February 17, 2010 at 8:14 PM)  

wow... valentine adai... that sounds like a great idea...

PJ  – (February 17, 2010 at 9:30 PM)  

tamarind dosa looks so delicious, and lovely presentation, as always!

Sailaja Damodaran  – (February 17, 2010 at 9:33 PM)  

Love the combination.Looks perfect.Hey nice presentation.

Parita  – (February 17, 2010 at 10:04 PM)  

Thats a cute snow man :) this dosa is new to me, sounds very tasty! I wonder where do you get such even looking coriander leaves?

Deepti  – (February 17, 2010 at 11:35 PM)  

Ur Tamarind Dosa is Simply Gr8 !!
Never tried this b4...Awesome Presentation too

Nithya  – (February 18, 2010 at 12:17 AM)  

Yummy and awesome anni.. looks so good :) Wish I could have it now..

Angie's Recipes  – (February 18, 2010 at 3:02 AM)  

These pancakes look so different and delicious.

jayasree  – (February 18, 2010 at 3:56 AM)  

Cute snowman...Thats different kind of adai recipe. Liked this 3 in one recipe. Lovely presentation.

priya  – (February 18, 2010 at 4:56 AM)  

you really must have taken time to present everything so creatively, dear..looks yum!

Latha  – (February 18, 2010 at 5:51 AM)  

Adai looks delicious. Beautiful presentation. Snow man looks cute.

chef and her kitchen  – (February 18, 2010 at 7:08 AM)  

I loved that heart shaped adai...looks good...we prepare similar version along with kandi nooka

Unknown  – (February 18, 2010 at 7:32 AM)  

awards waiting for u in my blog,,plz accept them..

Veggie Hut  – (February 18, 2010 at 8:57 AM)  

Hi, first time at your blog.. loved the space.. this adai looks very tempting.. heart shape looks so cute..
will come often.. glad to follow u..


Suji  – (February 18, 2010 at 9:03 AM)  

Thanks Pavithra....You have an excellent blog going here...

Kairali sisters

gtyuk  – (February 18, 2010 at 9:07 AM)  

Mr Snow is comfortably seated & well immersed, hihhih

adais look crispy and perfect!!! the recipe sounds new and different, will try it next time!!!the heart with the adais is an interesting idea too :)

Malar  – (February 18, 2010 at 9:09 AM)  

wow..super Pavithra..You are such a tallented girl..wonderful decoration it

Deepti  – (February 18, 2010 at 9:59 AM)  

Dosa luks very crispy n healthy too.

Anu  – (February 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM)  

Delicious adai... Nice presentation..

Nithu Bala  – (February 18, 2010 at 11:46 AM)  

Delicious and a very cute presentation..

Dolly Sharma  – (February 18, 2010 at 1:31 PM)  

Dear Pavithra..I'm back and thanks for enquiring abt me.. Ur snow guest looks awesome..BUt frankly Pavithra..I'm so tired of the snow and all the So glad you guys had fun with Snow man..

LOve ur tamarind Adai..I have'nt really had tamarind adai..It must taste delish i'm sure. LOve ur presentation as always...Also loved ur Panna Cotta post which i missed. Thanks for the visual treats and especially for my fav dessert-Panna Cotta..

Ramya Vijaykumar  – (February 18, 2010 at 1:40 PM)  

I always felt that havent had the bad of the snow -- just convincing but 2 days back it was horrific, totally got derailed from my plans ;D... Dosa looks very crispy, Adai makes me guilty that I havent made Adai in ages now ;D

Chitra  – (February 18, 2010 at 11:22 PM)  

Superb !! very crispy & iam sure my hubby would love this..have bookmarked !!

Oraphan  – (February 19, 2010 at 12:24 AM)  

Your snowman looks so adorable! How fun playing with your son in the snow!!!

Your tamarind dosa/adai looks absolutely amazing! I love the beautiful presentation and what a great idea to use cilantro leaves decorating the plate. It sounds like a lot of work to cook them but I believe it's definitely worth it!

Raks  – (February 19, 2010 at 1:44 AM)  

New to me Pavithra! As usual pretty presentation! sure will try sometime!

Rohini  – (February 19, 2010 at 8:54 AM)  

A completely new recipe going to my bookmark.. Wow, I can only drool thinking at how tangy, tasty it wud be...
And snow man looks so cute too :)

Renuka Bedre - Rao  – (February 19, 2010 at 12:52 PM)  

this adai looks so nice..n simply loved d cute..n so nice snowman too..

Yasmeen  – (February 19, 2010 at 4:16 PM)  

Tangy touch to the dosa sounds tasty.Snow is in abundance around here but I was in no mood to celebrate it.

Valarmathi Sanjeev  – (February 20, 2010 at 1:14 AM)  

Beautiful presentation...looks delicious pavi.

Spice  – (February 21, 2010 at 9:25 AM)  

very nice presentation.....recipe is new to me but interesting...boookmarked....

Chef Jeena  – (February 23, 2010 at 8:55 AM)  

These look beautiful and I bet the tastes matches up to the lovely photos!

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